New West Cork crime text alert service launched

Posted on: 7th July, 2014

Category: Headlines

Contributor: West Cork People

On Monday, June 16, a new crime text alert service in partnership between the Gardai, Muintir Na Tire and IFA was launched in Cork West Garda Division. The objective of this service is to prevent and reduce crime in the region and alert people to ‘real time’ criminal or suspicious activity. Gardai in the four District HQ stations of Bandon, Clonakilty, Bantry and Macroom after receiving a report of such activity will consider sending out a text alert to either all persons subscribed in that Garda District or to the entire Garda Division.

Since mid April there has been a significant increase in day time burglaries on residential houses targeting cash and gold jewellery. In several instances witnesses have rang Garda Stations with descriptions of suspect vehicles linked to these crimes. This is where a text alert service will be of huge benefit to the Gardai in hopefully trying to intercept suspect vehicles after people see a text alert and are in a position to pass on relevant information to the Gardai quickly. If people have information linked to a text alert the Gardai will require basic information such as, for example, where suspect vehicle was last seen? how long ago? and in what direction it was travelling?

“The new crime text alert service is a good idea and I hope people use it,” says Jerry Connolly of West Cork Carpets, a business in Clonakilty. Two of our metal signs were recently mindlessly vandalised and I would urge people to be alert to suspicious activity and alert the Gardai if they see a crime happening in their area”

People are encouraged to contact their local Community Alert group with a view to subscribing in their area to assist the Gardai in combating crime in the West Cork area. All persons should be in a position to contact the Gardai without delay and should have their local District HQ station number saved on their mobile device, Bandon 023-885220, Clonakilty 023-8821570, Bantry 027-20860 and Macroom 026-20590.

For further information, please contact one of the Community Policing Gardai namely: Garda Damian White, Bandon; Garda Liam Ryan, Clonakilty; Garda Brigid Harnett, Bantry; Garda Orla Doyle, Macroom; Garda Johnny Crowley, Millstreet. Or, Sergeant Ian O’Callaghan, Crime Prevention Officer based at Bandon Garda Station.

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SuperValu and AsIAm host unique exhibition in Clonakilty

SuperValu and AsIAm.ie will host a unique exhibition which will enable the entire town of Clonakilty to experience what it is like for people with autism to deal with the world around them. The exhibition, which is free to visit, will be hosted in the Clonakilty Parish Hall from 10am to 4pm on Thursday 27th September. The exhibition represents the final part of the four month journey the town has been on to becoming Ireland’s first ever fully accredited Autism Friendly Town and guests are invited to join on a ‘pop-in’ basis.

The exhibition uses an engaging “questions and answers” format as well as a series of activities to answer people’s questions and enable visitors to step into the shoes of those with the condition. This includes using sound, smells, touch and sight experiments to bring neurotypical (those without Autism) people into the world of those with the condition.

“People with autism often experience a sense of being overwhelmed and confused by what others see as normal life, and this exhibition will allow those attending to understand this more than they have done before,” according to the CEO of AsIAm Adam Harris. “Through visiting this exhibition we believe people will be much better equipped to engage with people with autism who they meet regularly in their day-to-day lives.”

Visitors are given an MP3 player which gives them an audio guide through 15 stages which allow them experience different aspects of life with autism.

Under SuperValu and AsIAm’s guidance, the town of Clonakilty has undertaken a commitment to become fully Autism Friendly – a first for anywhere in Ireland. Over the last four months Adam Harris, founder of AsIAm, and his team have been working with the entire community to receive official Autism Friendly Accreditation.

To do this the town as a whole must deliver:

Engagement and training 25% of businesses and voluntary organisations
Engagement and training of 50% of public services
Engagement and training of 50% of school communities
Engagement and training of 50% of healthcare professionals
Engagement of 3 employers
Reaching 25% of the town’s population
The town has almost reached these targets with this exhibition representing the last piece of the journey reaching and educating as many of the community as possible.

The exhibition was developed by the AsIAm Youth Leadership Team, a group of young people with Autism who act as advocates for the organisation. It is part of a larger campaign to engage young people in Autism issues which includes a social media campaign and a website, youthhub.asiam.ie

Around 1 in 65 people in Ireland live with Autism and are to be found in every community and school in the country. They apply for every type of job but are often misunderstood, excluded or left behind due to a lack of understanding in society.
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